Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of tjwarren
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Superb brew. Beautiful cloudy copper brown pour. Smell is sweet and boozy. Dark fruit and butterscotch. Makes you think it will be sweet. Taste is butterscotch, raisin, fig and a little boozy sweetness. Taste reminds me of a pudding. Feel is the best part. Despite there being some sweetness the finish stays dry. Velvety smoothness caresses your mouth. Delightful.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy copper colored with maybe a slightly orange cast; pours with effervescence reminiscent a draft with bottom to top clearing. Foamy off-white head with moderate persistence.
S: Sweet, medium malts, molasses, carrot
T: Again sweet,medium malts, biscuit, with a dark fruit note. Very smooth but effervescence dissipates rapidly.
M: Medium bodied, again with a very smooth feel. Definitely a "go to" drink.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Fairly hazy brown with amber edges. Beautiful and very durable head.

Flavors are fruits and burnt fruits and very delicate hops (noble?). Very good. Smooth and lightly carbonated.


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Photo of ricke49
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A once a year treat for my palate. Very rich ale, but not so sweet or heavy as to be off putting. The oak / creamy / fig-dark fruits flavors produce a hugely pleasurable taste and mouthfeel. English through and through.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark appearance. Very mild aroma. Taste was very disappointing for a beer that received such good reviews. I think this one is overrated and should be left on the shelf.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

The look a solid oaky brown color with a delicious lacy amount of foam. The smell is akin to apple cider with a hint of raisins? The taste is smooth and reminds me of cinnamon and pudding. I don't taste much coffee but I'm ok with that because I'm not sure how much coffee would fit into this. The feel is good and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Overall this is a decent beer, but it reminds me of a winter warmer more than a strong ale.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark, hazy orange color with an off white creamy full head, head lasted a few minutes, good amount of carbonation streaming up the side, slight lacing.

A: Dark fruits like plum, dates, toffee, caramel, blackberries, touch of oakiness, figs, raisins, almost reminds of a lightly aromatic Samuel Smith Imperial Stout with a touch of blackberries and oak, very nice complex aroma without any alcohol on the nose.

T: Up front there's a light taste of dark fruits like plums, dates, figs, raisins, blackberries, slight oakiness in the middle, finish is semidry with toffee and caramel sweetness lingering in the aftertaste, very complex, as the beer warms a slight honey flavor emerges, very balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel, semidry finish, very nice.

O: The appearance is dull but overall this beer has great yet subtle aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel, it's complex and changes throughout as the beers warms in it's aromas and flavors, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable and enjoyable, a great balance of dark fruits, oak, and that British bready and biscuity yeast characteristics, greatly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of teromous
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The back label says "Brewed in 2014" but I don't see any bottle date or import information. The ABV is listed as 7.6% on mine. The neck of the bottle has "SK26N1" printed on it.

Appearance: The body of the beer is opaque with a brown appearance. There are hints of red and orange. The head is short and has a very light khaki appearance that is nearly white. It doesn't have very good head retention or lacing.

Aroma: It has a fairly strong buttery caramel aroma with toffee and sweet malt. There is a bit of a brown sugar aroma too.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with just a touch of a butter and a light bread crust finish. It is a sweet tasting beer but not one that is sickly sweet. Instead it is a bit like a lightly sweetened tea. Like tea it also has both earthy and woody qualities in the aftertaste. There is also a bit of a strawberry flavor in the aftertaste. I should note that while this beer is oak aged it doesn't have a strong oak flavor but it is easy to tell that there is a definite character that this contributes to the beer. As the beer starts to warm up a bit the fruity flavor at the end does not get stronger but has greater depth. It starts to develop a bit of a prune flavor. The alcohol is barely even noticeable in this beer although as it warms up it tiptoes in the background.

Mouthfeel: I mentioned that the beer does not taste sickly sweet and one thing that really helps the flavor is the lack of texture in the beer. It is not a thick or heavy beer but rather a lighter bodied beer. It has a rather dry finish which is nice for such a sweet tasting beer because it finishes very clean.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It has a high alcohol content and it is aged on oak (as per the bottle) yet instead of being heavy handed it takes a very elegant approach. I would recommend it and I would drink it again. The overall profile of the beer is very balanced with a sweetness that does not overpower the earthy qualities which in turn do not overpower the light fruity finish which is not too strong as to ruin the next sweet sip. The whole beer just works well in harmony. It would make for a good holiday or special occasion beer.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: muddy brown, thin tan head
S: oak, dark fruit...has that British smell
T: caramel malts, some oak
F: lighter in body than I thought, molasses on the finish
O: a good to very good beer, not as great as expected

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

550ml bottle given to me by a supplier.

Pours a nice medium brown with a red hue. Big fluffy and slightly rocky head. lasted all the way down to the bottom of the glass and left lots of lacing.

Nose is complex as you'd expect. Spicy with stone fruit, fruit cake, cherries, stewed apples and cloves.

Palate is complex and very full bodied with dark stone fruit, fruit cake, cherries, vermouth/sherry notes, apple pie and cloves.

Mouth is lovely - very creamy and full.

Overall this is a wonderful beer. Very well made, well-balanced, huge flavours and looks amazing. A real experience. This is a 'Stingo' a unique style of English Ale.

Highly recommended

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Photo of Svingjo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with an orangish red tinge covered by a thin white head. The nose leads with sweet malts, rich dark fruits like plum, cherry, figs and spice. The taste reveals a lot of the same along with the addition of an oaky aftertaste. There is a slight alcohol burn and an earthy funk that is finished with a slight bitterness. The carbonation is very mild and the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy but not cloying. I quite enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Selz202
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a champagne like head that goes away quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smells rich like a subtle port with raisins, oak and plum.

Tastes nearly as rich as it smells much like the nose with a little bitter on the back end and some sherry notes and caramel.

Medium bodied with a richness that covers over the alcohol. Very light carbonation.

Definately would be a familiar profile for a port or sherry drinker. Easy to drink but would do so in moderation with how rich it comes across, the bitterness on the back does clean some of the rich taste away.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich and rum-y aroma. Figs, dates, bread pudding. Leather, tobacco, raspberries too. Earthy oaky notes. Sarsaparilla and spices. Pumpernickel bread. Earthy funk and acidity is notable. Difficult to place any hop character.

Pours hazy reddish brown with a moderate sized off-white head. Fizzes away slowly. Lacing is there but not too sticky.

Rich and even bready-er than the nose suggested. French toast, slightly burnt. Lots of oak with just a touch of acidity. Figs and raspberries. Clove and cinnamon. Spicy alcohols become more evident as it warms. Burnt sugar. Steely bitterness. Fairly dry finish with lingering bread pudding, raspberries, and oak. Sherry notes for sure.

Medium full body with medium carbonation. Higher carbonation than other Sam Smith beers. Somewhat acrid on the palate, but in a way that balances the sweetness rather than being offensive.

A sherry drinker's beer for sure. Lots of complexity without being cloying. Tons of oak character.

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Photo of dd43
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can review this beer based on what I tasted. But I can't be sure that my experience is what Samuel Smith intended. I say that because there is a decidedly tart finish to this beer, almost like the cherry and baked apple flavors started to turn. This was a 2013 bottle being consumed in 2016, so perhaps it was past its prime. I didn't detect any oxidation, so that wasn't an issue as far as I'm concerned.

Flavors of boozy raisins and figs with a cherry apple tartness that does feel a little out of place. Caramel notes seem to be muted by the finish which is more sour than tart to be fair about it. There is a straight liquor note in the aroma that I'm not sure I would call bourbon but it's definitely.. something. Maybe it's more rum like? Because of the sweetness of those tree fruits and such.

This beer is an odd duck. I want a more recently bottled version to see how it compares. I will address what I find in this review if that day comes.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.91/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Cloudy amber-brown body, two finger white head.

Smell: Fresh bread, honey, dark fruits.

Taste: See above, but add rich caramel.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, slight alcohol burn.

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Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle, brewed in 2014, poured into a pint glass. Cloudy, copper color with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. Fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol. More muted taste of fruit with some malt and more booze. Altogether, a very nice ale.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a deep, muddy reddish brick brown with a thin cap of beige head that leaves melted archway lace as it recedes.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, dark orchard fruit, bourbon soaked raisins, barrel wood and floral hops.

Tastes of roasted caramel apple, candied dark fruit, tangy marmalade, soft oak and more flowery green hops.

Feels smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with soft, sturdy carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Like an English quad.

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Photo of zfw
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, copper-amber color, fruity caramel smell with a hint of booze, and all downhill from there. The bottle indicated "Brewed in 2012", so this one should have been well conditioned. I get the fruit and caramel flavors other reviewers seem to love, but the finish is sour and unpleasant. Maybe this is an acquired taste, but, at the price, I don't plan to acquire it.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage, bought back in October of 2014 and cellared till now. Pours a perfect looking cloudy Amber with 4 finger thick cream colored head. The head lingers for long time. The smell is unusual. It smells like Bourbon, I know it's not Bourbon aged but it still gives off that smell. Taste is totally unexpected. I was expecting a sweet malty English taste, what I got is a Saison. It tastes like a Farmhouse Ale. This is not bad at all but not what I expected. It has this semi sour funky yeast flavor. Very enjoyable. I hope this bottle is not infested or out of date? I'll read some reviews to see if it's so. Overall quit a different brew especially coming from England.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light sticky lacing. The smell had some dark roasty malts with a nice dark coffee and a light dark fruitiness running all over. The taste was combined through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, for the most part, this was a pretty good English Strong Ale but is it over hyped? There’s other beers by SS that I’d take over this.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle brewed in 2013, stamped SE23?1:
Pours a murky brown when held to light, lightly cloudy medium brown just sitting on table. Head is a reddish tan, and grows to little more than a finger on a moderate to light pour. A thick film of head lasts into the taste.

Nose is light and reminiscent of old ales, cola, root-y earthiness, licorice, hints of dark fruits and spiciness. As the beer warms I get a little spiced cider note on certain sniffs.

Taste is a muted copy of the nose, heavier spicy bite - like a ginger root. The dark fruits are the most muted, but maybe leaning to unsweetened/mildly bland date. The vacuum of the other flavors are filled with a dessert fruit bread/cake notes, as well as woody notes. The spice bite hits early with a little added punch from active carbonation, which actually might be more of the culprit. Despite this, the bready notes give this beer a slightly heavy body. The wood notes creep in past mid taste and grow into the finish with a light drying feel.

Not sure if this might be a little too old. They age it "at least a year" in barrels, so that would be probably 2014 sometime that process is over. I've had one other Stingo that I'd bet wasn't aged as long, but I likely had fresher. The flavors had a bit more pop and I'd like a little bit more of that from this beer - because the profile is enticing.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately one of my favorites, after already-high expectations from the rest of this brewer's lineup.

Slightly cloudy mahogany pour in a tulip, holding a clingy finger of dense foam. The aromas of raisin, prune, and caramel seem a mix of elements from my two favorite styles: dopplebock and belgian quad. Indeed, I already know this is a favorite before tasting, but the flavor only reinforces the sweet, ripe-dark-fruit flavors and clean non-cloying finish. Wish I'd bought more than one. Back to the store...

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky dark ruby color. The head is a quarter inch of off white foam that recedes into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is big and malty. There is ample caramel, cherry, raspberry, licorice, and oak. The taste has nice oak up front..much more so than in the aroma. There is more caramel and some nice toffee too. The fruit that is so present in the aroma is still there in the taste but is much more muted. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an almost watery texture. This is the only real knock I can give this beer. It would be more enjoyable to me if it were a little fuller bodied. Overall, however, this is a fine beer that I wish I hadn't neglected trying for so many years. I can see myself visiting this beer on occasion in the future. Well done, Samuel Smith.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle poured into an oversized tulip glass.

I give this a vigorous pour and a frothy but creamy head emerges. The liquid is sort of a cloudy raisin color with light trickles of carbonation visible. The persistent head is a nice sight. 4.5

Quite the curiosity of a nose as it seems to cross elements of a Belgian quad and a dubbel. Raisin, plum and figs are prominent, but so too is a floral bouquet. Rich caramel shines too. 4

Interesting how the flavor seems to get away from the nose, as it's far less fruity than I was led to expect. Upfront flavors blend raisins and floral hops before giving way to an almost buttery caramel. Grassy notes close things out. 4

Lighter in body than I would have expected and desire, especially given the rich caramel and fruit aromas, plus there's more of a hop presence which again throws me for a loop. Still it has enough thickness and sweetness to linger pleasantly on the tongue and drink like something you'd want post-dinner. 4

First time with this style and I must say it's unique. Seems somewhere between a barleywine, old ale, and Belgian Quad, I guess. Perhaps lacking the body and bold flavors I expect from the greatest of these styles though. Still, as a beer that preceded so many, this deserves some respect for having standout qualities that would please today's consumer in need of aggressive flavors and feels.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that didn't lace but retained admirably. The body is a deep brown with crimson notes and steady carbonation.

Smell: A high toffee malt presence with cherry and plums walking beside it. A somewhat smokey oak note backs it up, with some boozy raisins out in the back of it. Warming tends to bring more of the malt and fruit and quiets the oak and silences the smoke.

Taste: Toffee malt fruity plum, figs and cherry yeast notes that turns to scotch like vanilla and a mild butterscotch note the complements a sweet oak note that turns into more of a smokey note and the mildest touch of earth hops. The one noticeable downside though is that while it does conceal it's content somewhat, there is a alcohol solvent undercurrent to the whole experience.

MouthFeel: The transitioning of this beer is masterful, as it passes from flavour to flavour with great ease. The carbonation however doesn't seem to have lasted as long as I would have liked and it fell flat a bit quick. That said, it leaves a very nice sweet scotchy aftertaste that I must say I am a big fan of.

Drinkability: On the lighter side of medium bodied and surprisingly easy on the system for its strong ABV presence. Very easy to drink and really ideal for drinking anywhere except a hot summer day. Settles down very well.

Final Thoughts: Samuel Smith proves to me yet again, that they are without a doubt the best English brewery out there, and certainly one of the best breweries in the world period. I mean, the range of these guys is incredible. This beer I had to pickup in Tampa because I haven't found in here in Canada, and I very much lament that fact. If someone in the Brewery reads this, if you can change your Xmas mix pack to this, the Taddy Porter and the Pale Ale, I would be a VERY happy camper. Two thumbs up.

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